Joseph Salem tunes in to sound studies in Deans’ lecture

Feb. 5, 2021 | Faculty, Research, Video

Sound studies—which examines the role of sound in culture—emerged as an interdisciplinary field about 20 years ago. In this Deans’ Lecture Series presentation, School of Music Assistant Professor and Head of Musicology, Joseph Salem, introduces what defines sound studies and answers the questions: what is it? who does it? and why do we care? His talk showcases UVic faculty and students whose creative and research achievements overlap with the field, including some of Dr. Salem’s own on the band The National.

Dr. Salem holds degrees in piano performance, music theory, and musicology (PhD Yale, 2014), and regularly teaches music spanning from 1750 to the present. Research interests include musical semiotics, musical form, post-war music, non-notated music, and sound studies. He has a forthcoming monograph on Pierre Boulez and has started a new project on the Grammy award-winning band The National. His research has been published by Ashgate, Cambridge UP, and Wesleyan UP, as well as in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Contemporary Music Review, The Journal of Music Theory, and Music Theory Spectrum.

The Deans’ Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences; the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Division of Continuing Studies. The series offers a platform for distinguished members of the faculties at the University of Victoria to share their research interests with the public.